It’s Here! Nature’s Peach: Simple, Fresh, Wholesome

It’s finally live! Hooray!

Nature’s Peach is the upgraded version of Friendly Nutrition. With all the same fresh & nutritious recipes, plus nutrition programs, allergy friendly baking, and healthy recipe videos, Nature’s Peach is your go to spot for everything Simple, Fresh, and Wholesome.

We love everything natural, fresh, local and homegrown and it is our mission to share delicious recipes, local companies, health tips, and farmer’s market finds with you, helping you make your life a little more Simple, Fresh and Wholesome.

Join us on this delicious and nutritious journey and make Nature’s Peach your go to blog for everything food, health, and happiness!

XO

Deanna

Moving Up: New Website Launch

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for being such loyal readers and supporting Friendly Nutrition, you are amazing! Over the past month we have been slowly re-branding our company to make it more inclusive of our style and support multiple areas of health/wellness, nutrition, recipes, fitness and related products. We have renamed the brand and are restyling the website – moving on up!

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Our new company/brand name is Nature’s Peach, something that to us describes the look and heart of our company. We love all things natural (food, beauty, cleaning) and feel at home amongst the rolling hills and farms of the country side. The simple life of roaming the farmers market, playing in your garden, cooking from scratch and supporting local businesses is where our hearts lie. Nature’s Peach embraces all of these aspects while keeping things bright and fresh. We hope you love the new name and style as much as we do.

Nature’s Peach will be providing the same great recipes and health information as we discuss here at Friendly Nutrition, while expanding to nutrition consulting and programs, health conscious products, recipes and healthy living videos, and much more! Come join us at www.naturespeach.com!

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We’d love to hear from you and help make Nature’s Peach your go to blog.

Comment below with what types of recipes and health information you want to see. Let us know what are your favourite health conscious products and companies (we love trying new products). Or let us know what types of videos you want us to make. We love to hear from you!

*Celebrate with us – to celebrate our new brand launch all nutrition programs are 20% off! Hurry sale only lasts until the end of the week (Sunday at 12pm).

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Jump Start Your Health – We’re here to help!

XO

Deanna

 

Calcium … hold the milk

Everyone talks about the importance of consuming dairy products for calcium.  Have you ever stopped to consider how many other foods contain high levels of calcium? Cow’s milk is not the end all and be all when it comes to calcium.

There are a number of whole food options that contain high levels of calcium along with an abundance of other essential nutrients, without the extreme acidity and nutrient stealing properties of cow’s milk.

I have put together a fun info graphic for you showing 10 whole food sources of calcium. These are all great options for a vegetarian or vegan diet.

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In summary dark greens, nuts/seeds, and beans/legumes are great calcium rich sources.

Embrace variety and remember to eat your calcium!

XO Deanna

10 Foods to Ditch from your Kitchen!

The other day I gave a talk on the top 10 items I suggest we all ditch from our kitchen. Most of these products are loaded with sugar, artificial flavour/colours, and preservatives, yet they are in almost everyone’s kitchen or pantry!

Why do we continuously buy products that have been proven to cause nothing but health issues? Advertising, taste, convenance, and price! It’s time we break free from these pressures and give our kitchen a healthy overhaul!

Make a vow today and ditch these products for good! Your body will thank you!

1. Store bought salad dressing: loaded with sodium and sugar which can lead to high blood pressure, and spikes in blood sugar. Contain large number of preservative along with artificial sweeteners and flavours.

Replace with homemade salad dressing – simply combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar or lemon juice with salt, pepper, and Dijon mustard.

2. Pop: contains high levels of sugar and phosphorus. Carbonated beverages are also very dehydrating to the body, requiring extra consumption of water.

Replace with sparkling water combined with lemon or lime juice and some berries.

3. White Pasta: highly refined and striped of all nutrients during the refining process. Void of fiber, vitamin B and fatty acids naturally found in whole grains. Contain high amounts of sugar and synthetic nutrients.

Replace with whole wheat, quinoa, brown rice, kamut or spelt pasta. For grain free option use spaghetti squash or zucchini.

4. White Sugar: highly refined and striped of nutrients and full of empty calories which can lead to weight gain. Sugar consumption leads to spikes in blood sugar followed by a sugar crash. Linked to increased food cravings, decreased energy, irritability and decreased immunity.
*looked for high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, glucose, malt syrup, maltodextrin and any word ending in ‘ose’.

Artificial Sweeteners:lab manufactured product containing a number of chemicals and cancer causing agents. Hard to digest as the ingredients are unrecognized by the body. Artificial sweeteners cause the most government health complaints.

Replace with coconut sugar, sucanat sugar, real maple syrup, raw honey, dates, or stevia

5. Margarine: highly processed, lab manufactured, hydrogenated product made from GMO soybean oil. Considered the plastic of the food industry.

Replace with organic butter in moderation or coconut oil.

6. Juice: essentially sugar water, juice is loaded with refined sugar causing spikes in blood sugar levels. Full of empty calories as the pasteurization process kills all enzymes and nutrients naturally found in fruit.

Replace with water (can add fruit slices), tea, homemade juice, or by simply eating fruit.

7. Stir-fry Sauces/Marinades: full of additives, artificial flavor and colour, sodium and MSG. Food colouring, preservatives and additives can be linked to behavioural issues, decreased energy, headaches, allergies, and irritability.

Replace with homemade sauces or marinades. Use tamari (gluten-free soy sauce), lemon, balsamic, herbs, chili peppers, garlic and ginger. Teriyaki sauce – ¼ cup tamari, 1 cup water, 1-2 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger, 1 tbsp. organic sucanat sugar (heat in a sauce pan, once bubbling combine 2 Tbsp. corn starch with ¼ cup water in a measuring cup and whisk into bubbling tamari mixture until thickened).

8. Cereal/Cereal or Granola Bars: made from highly refined grains and loaded with sugar, preservatives and very little whole foods.

Replace with oats, quinoa, homemade trail mix or granola bars.

9. Microwave Popcorn: chemicals found in the lining of the bag, including cancer causing carcinogens. Also contains fake butter, artificial flavours and GMO corn.

Replace with air or stove popped made with organic non-GMO corn and organic butter or coconut oil.

10. Canned foods: contains high levels of sodium, sugar, additives and preservatives. BPA (hormone disrupter) can be found in the lining of cans and cause a number of health problems. 1 in 10 cans contain up to 200x more BPA than deemed safely the government.

Replace with BPA free cans, soup in glass containers, or fresh beans and vegetables.

Also Avoid:
Preservatives – nitrate, sulphite, sodium benzoate, butylated
Additives – MSG (monosodium glutamate), caramel colour, tartrazine
Sugar – High fructose corn syrup, dextrose, glucose, malt syrup, maltodextrin
Food colouring – anything with a colour followed by a number (red #5, yellow #6)